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Woman Stole Thousands From Elderly Nursing Home Patient: Police

The woman allegedly stole between $5k – $50k from an elderly person at a North Aurora long-term care facility.

By Caitlin Ketel,

AURORA, IL — A Joliet woman accused of taking money from an elderly victim at a North Aurora long-term care facility was arrested by Illinois State Police Wednesday. Mary E. Pfingston, also known as Mary McMillan, 41, was indicted Tuesday on charges of financial exploitation of the elderly, theft, and three counts of public contractor misconduct, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, between between February and April of 2015, Pfingston used her position of trust to steal between $5,000 and $50,000 from an elderly resident at the facilty.

Illinois State Police, who are still investigating the incident, said in a press release that Pfingston is a former employee of Senior Services Associates, a State of Illinois contractor. She served as a long-term care ombudsman for a patient who resided at a North Aurora assisted living facility.

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